Eleventyseven - Galactic Conquest Release Date: September 4th, 2007
Record Label: Flicker Records
Hellogoodbye's kid sister. Those three words pretty much sum up Eleventyseven's sophomore album Galactic Conquest. I found it hard to believe that they were able to make this album cheesier than their debut And The Land Of Make Believe. Not only are the music and lyrics more lame, but it seems that they try ripping off Hellogoodbye every chance they get.
After the unneeded intro “Initiation Sequence,” the sure-to-be hit single “Love In Your Arms” blasts through your speakers with synth galore. The ironic title alone lets you know that these Hellogoodbye similarities are going to be coming often, so take this as your warning. “Happiness” displays their weakness in the lyric department ("Happiness broke my heart / But you caught all the pieces") while “How It Feels (To Be With You)” gets ridiculously repetitive while resembling the vocal melody of songs from the former UK pop band Busted. “It's Beautiful” is a nice and much needed break from the previous tracks on Galactic Conquest (as they were about to rot my brain) when Eleventyseven go for an all acoustic song. Each song that follows afterward doesn't really sound any different from the one before it, making Galactic Conquest an album that you really get tired of fairly quickly. Twenty five minutes in comes the song “Conan,” a humorous and odd tribute to late night talk show host Conan O'Brien. Finally, the song's closer “Program Terminated,” is basically a waste of CD space being a 3 minute long, headache-inducing instrumental full of bleeps and bloops.
It may not sound like I enjoy Galactic Conquest, but I really don't mind it. Despite the multiple flaws, it's an album that I'll get sick of quick, but wouldn't mind hearing every once in a while. Although, just because I'm not the biggest fan of it doesn't mean that other people aren't. Eleventyseven has the ability to write an incredibly catchy song which will make them the ice cream sundae served to TRL fans on a hot August day; they're going to eat it right up.
"Although, just because I'm not the biggest fan of it doesn't mean that other people aren't. Eleventyseven has the ability to write an incredibly catchy song which will make them the ice cream sundae served to TRL fans on a hot August day; they're going to eat it right up."
It seems like a lot of bands lately have been using lots and lots of synth. The synth-pop stuff is starting to grow on me.